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Gender: Male Meaning of Hugo: "mind, intellect" Origin of Hugo: Latinized form of Hugh Hugo's Popularity in 2017: #418

The name Hugo is a boy's name of German, Spanish, Portuguese origin meaning "mind, intellect". Hugo is ranked #418 on our popularity charts and is often added to lists like Vintage Boy Names and discussed in our forums with posts like "Which would you choose?".

From the experts:

Hugo, the Latin form of Hugh, has more heft and energy than the original -- and of course we love names that end (or begin, for that matter) with an o. This one is especially appealing because it's backed up by lots of solid history and European style.

In the seventh Harry Potter novel, Ron and Hermione bestow the name Hugo on their son. Hugo Strange, meanwhile, is a longtime adversary of Batman.

Real-life Hugos include Hugo Chavez, the late president of Venezuela, and the fashion world's Hugo Boss. In the more distant past there was the distinguished Supreme Court Justice Hugo Black.

Hugo is currently enjoying mass popularity in several European countries, including Spain, France and Sweden, and it has long been stylish in the U.K.

Trivia tidbit: The annual awards for sci-fi writing are called the Hugos, honoring early genre writer Hugo Gernsback.

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Famous People Named Hugo

Hugo Chavez, late President of Venezuela
Hugo Boss, German fashion designer
Hugo Weaving, Australian actor
Hugo Wolf, Austrian composer
Hugo Theorell, winner of the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine
Hugo Pierre Leclercq aka Madeon, a French electronic music producer
Hugo Eric Louis van Lawick (b. 1967) son of zoologist Jane Goodall and filmmaker Hugo van Lawick
Hugo Davis (b. 1996), son of actor Phil Davis
Hugo James Wentzel (b. 1999), son of Amy Carter; grandson of U.S. President Jimmy Carter
Hugo Häkkinen (b. 2001), son of racing driver Mika Häkkinen
Hugo Steuer (b. 2003), son of skater Ingo Steuer
Hugo Bernard Tambor (b. 2009), son of actor Jeffrey Tambor
Hugo Verea, son of actors Gabrielle Anwar and John Verea
Hugo Wilson Dallas (b. 2016), son of Ginnifer Goodwin and Josh Dallas
Victor Hugo, French novelist

Pop Culture References for the name Hugo

Hugo "Hurley" Reyes, character on TV's "Lost"
Hugo Granger-Weasley, son of Ron and Hermione in the Harry Potter series
Hugo Cabret, character in novel "The Invention of Hugo Cabret" and film "Hugo"
Hugo Stiglitz, character in film "Inglourious Basterds"
Hugo Vega, character in video game "Dream Daddy"
Hugo, Character in 'The Boy Who Dared'
Hugo, a mole-like Mabu from the video game "Skylanders"
Hugo Horton, character on British TV series 'The Vicar of Dibley'
Hugo, character in Belgian game "OFF"
Hugo Carmody, character in books by P. G. Wodehouse
Hugo Weschler, boy who gets slapped in TV series "The Slap"
Hugo Simpson, twin of Bart Simpson in an alternate universe episode of "The Simpsons"
Hurricane Hugo, 1989 hurricane
Hugo, dragon character in animated movie "Barbie as Rapunzel"
Hugo Habercore, nemesis to Bob and former fiancé of Linda in "Bob's Burgers"
Hugo Argreste, the name given to Marinette and Adrien's son in Marinette's fantasy in Miraculous Tales of Ladybug & Chat Noir

Hugo's International Variations

Ugo, Ugo (Italian) Ugecria, Ugo, Ugolino, Ugone (Spanish)


Kai Says:


I picture a sophisticated and handsome young gentleman when I hear this name. It's a perfect combination of a vintage charm and adorableness.

Toronto87 Says:


I love Hugo. I find it very literary and handsome but still has a lot of fun and spunk to it. It's my second favourite boy's name after Walter. I think Walter and Hugo sound nice together as brothers.

paulapuddephatt Says:


Love this name, and Hugh

briarblossom Says:


Hugo is in my top five boy names . I didn't always like it but now I love it!

jadnf Says:


Sounds cultured, handsome, and... huggable :) I can imagine cheering this kid on in little league "GO, Hugo!"

jaz.fortune Says:


I don't think so but kids get teased for anything. You can pick the name James and kids will find something else to tease your kid about. Name your child what you want, don't worry about it. I have never heard of a kid getting teased for the name Hugo.

PlumPerch Says:


Hugo is a top contender for our baby, but does anyone think "huge-o" when they hear this? Our last name already lends itself to playground teasing, so I don't want to set the kid up to be made fun of. Opinions appreciated.

RoddyThlayli Says:


Far prefer Hugo to Hugh! Makes me think of Sherlock Holmes because I first heard it in The Hound of the Baskervilles.

JH Says:


Really starting to like Hugo! It's got class & feels new, but has history.

headintheclouds Says:


Love love love Hugo. I used to adore the name Henry, but while I still like it, I find it's rather too classic-popular for my liking, it's become too James and William, and less like Theodore. Hugo has the elements of Henry that I love, without being too popular or obscure- Hugo is just right! Hugo Sebastian is my current favorite boy name combo.

Jess11 Says:


This is our boy pick!! My grandpa's name and also fits perfectly with my husband's French Canadian heritage and surname.

Essa Says:


Has the vintage charm of Hugh with a more quirky, modern o ending. I definitely think this will be come really popular among hipster parents here in Britain, think it's a name to watch!

clairels Says:


A very unattractive sound, like Yugo or ugh-go. Hugh is much better.

Guest Says:


One of my guilty pleasures :P

lesliemarion Says:


Hugo is OK, but I still prefer Hugh, which is smooth and classic.

Sweekune Says:


Only started liking Hugo recently but I've really come around to it. Cultured and sophisticated!